Scholastic Competition - Sunday, February 18, 2024

Emcees: Addy Mendoza and Anthony "ACE" Galang

Addy
Anthony ACE Galang
Abbe Road

Santa Susana High SChool

Since its inception, Abbe Road A Cappella has been the most advanced vocal ensemble at Santa Susana High School. Comprised of sixteen talented vocalists, Abbe Road focuses on modern a cappella chorus, using their voices exclusively to develop incredible arrangements of the music audiences know and love. They perform a variety of music from jazz classics, to hit A Capella songs like "All for Us" arr by the Harvard Opportunes. Throughout the course of the group's existence, Abbe Road has had the opportunity to perform at and compete in fantastic musical events, such as the International Championship of High School A Cappella in February 2019 & 2023, the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival in 2017 & 2019, the Disneyland Candlelight Processional in Anaheim, Nancy Reagan's Memorial Service, as well as countless festivals across Southern California.

Divisi

University of Oregon

Divisi is the University of Oregon's Premier Treble A Cappella Group, and has been bringing music to the Eugene community and beyond since 2001. Constantly striving to achieve the highest quality of music and performance, Divisi has become one of the most well-known and admired collegiate groups in the nation. And, the movie Pitch Perfect was based off the group!

This past year, Divisi competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella and won 1st place in the quarterfinal round in Salem, OR. Now, they are preparing for a year of festivals around the nation, performances in the community, and more. If you like what you see, Divisi has free concerts every Friday afternoon in the EMU Ampitheater on the University of Oregon campus.

Lark

University of Colorado Denver

Lark is a treble group from the University of Colorado, Denver, and has been crowned SoJam, BOSS, VoiceJam, and VocalAsia Seoul Champions. They were honored to headline the Los Angeles A cappella Festival with Resound in 2017, when the original headliners were not able to appear. Lark has been singled out for their innovative, collaborative arrangements, their sound designs, and their commitment to music as a vehicle for meaningful storytelling for humans with a foothold in the experience of being women.

Resonance

UCLA

Founded in 2012, Resonance started out as a quintet that grew in both size and sound, quickly becoming one of UCLA's most premier a cappella groups. Their love of music unites undergraduate and graduate students of all kinds of majors and fields of study, and together they pride themselves on next-level content creation and competition. Over the years, Resonance has participated and earned high rankings in numerous events such as the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), placing 1st at the Southwest Quarterfinal, 1st at the Southwest Semifinal and becoming a finalist in the 2021 competition year winning awards for Outstanding Arrangement at all competitions.

In subsequent years, they maintained their competitive spirit, securing 3rd place in the ICCA West Quarterfinals in both 2022 and 2023. Additional accomplishments include standout performances at the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival (LAAF), where they received an award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion in 2023, and at Spring Sing, UCLA's largest and most highly competitive musical showcase.

Their first studio album, “In This Light,” is available on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. Since then, they have also released various singles and they are currently recording their second studio album and are planning on releasing a music video in the upcoming months. Guided by their passion for performing and friendship, Resonance hopes to share their music with their community and make a lasting impact.

Scattertones

UCLA

ScatterTones is a student-run, all-gender a cappella group at UCLA! Founded in 2002, the group performs regularly on campus as well as in the Greater Los Angeles Area. In addition, they have opened for Pentatonix in concert multiple times, sung in the White House, and have been featured on KTLA Channel 5 Morning news, National Public Radios program, "Says You," and as backup singers for Taylor Swift. Performing a variety of music from pop, jazz, R&B, and rock styles using the melodies and rhythms of their own voices and beatboxer, the ScatterTones have also competed multiple times in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), most recently winning 3rd Place in 2019, as well as in UCLA's prestigious talent competition Spring Sing and the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival Scholastic Competition.

Unstrumental

Calabasas High School

From the award-winning Calabasas High School Music Department, Unstrumental is a mixed voice a cappella ensemble with a focus on powerhouse vocals and dynamic stage performances. Many of their alumni go on to prestigious music and performing arts schools, and have found success in many areas of the entertainment industry, including on Broadway and as recording artists. Throughout its twenty-one years, some of Unstrumental’s most notable accomplishments include being two-time featured performers at Carnegie Hall and three-time first place champions of the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival.

Voices In Your Head

University of Chicago

Voices in Your Head is a student-run a cappella group from the University of Chicago who aim to "push the bounds of contemporary a cappella." Founded in 1998, the group has consisted of both undergraduate and graduate students whose studies range from Economics to Music to MD/PhD programs. Its unique repertoire includes original pieces, as well as an eclectic mix of pop, R&B, rock, and alternative music. Voices is proud to have just celebrated their 25th anniversary, holding a concert which featured 60 alumni and releasing an original single called “Now I’m Listening”!

Judging Panel

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